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Step 1: Know the Legal Requirements for Homeschooling

by Mary Ann Kelley

Get Started Homeschooling: Step 1 - Know your state's legal requirements

Homeschooling is regulated by the state rather than the federal government, which means that you will need to look to the specifics in your state to find out what, if anything, you have to do to be legally homeschooling. Some states consider homeschools to be private schools and regulate them as such, some states have specific homeschool statutes, and some have no homeschool regulations at all.

Don’t assume that just because legalities sound confusing that they are hard to comply with. Local and state homeschool groups can give you guidance in understanding the law, but be sure to seek out the actual state code (which is usually online at your state’s official website) for the most up to date and accurate legal information with regard to homeschooling.

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